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You’ve Never Slept in Mine

By: Jessie Kesson, adapted by Jenni Fagan 

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Image by Urszula Soltys, courtesy of Edinburgh International Book Festival

You’ve Never Slept in Mine

By: Jessie Kesson, adapted by Jenni Fagan 

Directed by: Caitlin Skinner

Co-produced by: Stellar Quines and Edinburgh International Book Festival

First broadcast on BBC radio in 1983, You’ve Never Slept in Mine by Jessie Kesson provided a glimpse into the lives of young women in a residential children’s home.

Today it provides the inspiration for a new collaboration.


  • Chloe Wyper


  • Genna Allan


  • Kirsty Findlay


Creative Team

  • Jessie Kesson

    Writer (original play)

  • Jenni Fagan


  • Caitlin Skinner


  • Erin McGee

    Associate Producer

  • Danny Krass

    Sound Designer and Composition

  • Carrie Taylor

    Stage Manager

  • Cynthia WS Cheung

    Assistant Stage Manager

  • Genevieve Faye

    Event Chair

About The Show

You’ve Never Slept in Mine by Jessie Kesson was first broadcast as a BBC radio in 1983. Stellar Quines along with actors Genna Allan and Chloe Wyper from the Citizens Theatre’s WAC Ensemble – Scotland’s first professionally supported theatre company for performers and theatremakers with care experience – worked closely with novelist Jenni Fagan to create a masterful adaption for the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2021.

It was performed script-in-hand, followed by an on-stage discussion with the cast, Jenni Fagan and Caitlin Skinner.

Supported by the Dr David Summers Charitable Trust.

With special thanks to The Citizens Theatre WAC Ensemble.


About Jessie Kesson

Born in an Inverness workhouse in 1916, Jessie Kesson spent her early childhood in an Elgin slum before being moved to an orphanage and eventually being sent to work in service. Despite her inauspicious beginnings, she went on to become an acclaimed writer, often drawing on her early life experiences. Best known for her novels The White Bird Passes and Another Time, Another Place, she also published poetry, short stories and more than 100 plays including You’ve Never Slept in Mine. 

Following performances at the Edinburgh International Book FestivalYou’ve Never Slept in Mine was performed to groups of inmates of the women’s wing at HMP Edinburgh.

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